Zig Zag, BABY & Giant Flowers: New Crochet Squares

I am happy to report, I have completed 43 squares from my Project 101. 58 to go!!

Here’s the latest. No color explosion this time. I am all over the color map. Trying to mix things up and use some of my yarn just sitting.


Square 89 – Zig Zag

This looked interesting so thought I would try it. Yuck!! The square is all single crochet. Took forever. And placing the zig zags to zig zag just so also took forever. Even with a guide from the book, I still ended up redoing the zags about as often as the zigs. 😀

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Will I make this square again? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.


Square 19 – BABY

Have you tried the new BABY yarn line from Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice? Very pretty colors. This pink is called Pink Poodle.

Cute, petite. I would make it again.

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In fact, I DID make it again. 😀

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Square 69

Looking for a quick and easy square to make? This is it. Kinda plain. Kinda dull. But it’s in the book. So had to make it. I added an extra single crochet row around the edges.

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Square 17 – Love it!!

Love this flower!! It came out perfect. Will definitely make this square and flower again. There are 3 layers of petals. And pattern uses Back Post Single Crochet stitches. They are easy. Just have to determine which stitch they go around.

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Square 32 – Another Uh, Oh Moment

Switched to earthtone colors for this one. Used cream, toffee and espresso dark brown. Espresso almost looks black.

Starts off with this flower.

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Round 8. Uh, Oh!! Not again!! I am making a square. Not a CIRCLE!!

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Still smarting from the flying saucer, I was hesitant to go past Round 8. BUT.. I rechecked all the steps and was pretty certain I hadn’t missed, messed up or skipped anything. Kept going.

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Whew!!

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I added an extra round of double crochet stitches before the final single crochet row.


Squares are being made from patterns in the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Yarn used for the above squares:

  • Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice
  • Loops & Threads, Impeccable
  • Red Heart Soft Yarn

Hook G for all.

Flying Saucer Crochet Square

Have you ever thought you might be doing something wrong but kept at it anyway. Just being stubborn and hard headed. Just knowing for sure your way was right.

Even though it looked stupid!! Yep, me too. Many times.

Here’s one of them.  The Very First Flying Saucer Crochet Square. LOL!!

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This is how it all begin…. I decided to make a crochet square in all wool. My first. Looked at the directions for special stitches. Only clusters. OK. No problem.

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Rounds 1-2.

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Round 3. Looking a bit odd, but ok, don’t second guess…

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Round 4. Really starting to look weird, but ok, no second guessing!!

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Round 5. LOL!! What time is take off!!

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Round 6 I never got to. I figured it would just get bigger and sillier.


Here’s me starting Round 3 over. (And I didn’t find out until I was done, that I STILL DID IT WRONG!!)

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NEW Round 4.

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New Round 5 & 6, and done!!

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BTW, this is Square 53 from the book, 101 Crochet Squares. Used Patons wool. Red, ivory and turquoise. Hook G. Measures 6 3/4″. My 2nd mistake was starting off on the “side” of the shell and not the chain spaces “between” the shells. Oh well. You learn from your mistakes, don’t you!!

If you are looking for me… I am somewhere hiding eating crow. 😀

Crochet Squares: Lavender Explosion, Snowflake & Flowers

Five more crochet squares completed from the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser. (I have typed her name so many times, I don’t have to check the spelling anymore.)


Square 40 – Wheel

Another favorite of mine. I will make this one again. I only made a few changes. And just for a fuller look for the olive round. I added additional double crochets.

Colors are dusty purple, olive and eggplant (purple). Hook G.

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Square 25

You can’t tell from the photo but I had a TIME with this square.

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The center part came out perfectly.

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But the lavender section would NOT lie flat no matter what I did. I could not get it to look right when following the instructions and completely took it apart several times.

Finally after several hours, I said, “to heck with it” and winged it. I put half double crochets where needed to straighten out the rows. And I added an extra round to even things out. Whew!! It looks like the photo in the book but I won’t be making this square again.


Square 96 – Snowflake

No construction problems with this one at all. Very smooth. All the stitches lined up where they belonged.

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Only problem I had was with trying to photograph white yarn. Sorry but my pictures are crappy. Cranberry color is either too dark or white yarn is blurry. This is the best I could get.

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Square 100

This square starts off with a pretty flower.

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The 1st round after the flower had lots of stitches I had never made before. Triple Crochet Cluster (trc CL), Double Triple Crochet (dtrc) and Double Triple Crochet Cluster (dtrc CL). I know how to make them now. Easy.

I will make the flower again but not the square. The flower pulls on the first round and the square makes up too large.

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Square 84

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And I saved the WORST one for last. This is the Square From Hell.
What a mess!! It even looks crooked in the book. That should have given me a clue, Sherlock. I almost gave up on this one too but kept going. The first rows are worked in “rounds” and I am sure somewhere in here is where my block twisted up. I put this purple flower on top of the square rather than pull it apart and start over.

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Nope. Not gonna do it over. Done and moving on.

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So… that’s it for now. When I get to 50 squares, going to take a break and make up something with a few of these squares. Can’t wait. Should be fun.

Want To Learn To Crochet?

Then go for it. Don’t wait.

For my whole life, as far back as I can remember, I have wanted to learn to crochet. But I never tried it. Don’t know why. I just didn’t. Until a year ago. Now I find myself playing catch up. Crocheting day and night to make all the things I previously could only look at.

I have come a long way since the days of struggling with slip knots and chain stitches. To help me get to where I am today, I spent hours and hours READING about crocheting. The Terms. The Stitches. The Techniques. Tips from everybody everywhere. Each experienced crocheter has developed their own favorite ways of doing things. Try them, change them up to the way you like. Develop your own way. Don’t be afraid to change the pattern instructions. Rip it out if it doesn’t work and try again.

In addition to buying crochet pattern books, there’s thousands of free patterns on-line. Free patterns can also be found on the back of yarn labels. Do a search for crochet videos on-line. Many sites offer help on how to get started. Check YouTube. You can follow along with the instructor. And don’t forget your friends and family. Chances are you have expert advice within arms reach. Ask for help if you need it.

Oh, before I forget. One more thing. Classes. Check to see if your local craft stores offer crochet classes. I took one at JoAnn’s. I only learned the basics. How to hold the hook, make a slip knot, do single crochet stitch. By the time I signed up for this class, I was already crocheting scarves. I just wanted to validate what I was doing. That I was on the right track. And I was.

I am sure everyone is different as to what project you were working on when the “lightbulb” turned on and you finally GOT IT. For me it was granny squares and flowers. Working in the round. Once I figured out how to make petals, there was no turning back.

I have stacks of patterns printed out that I want to try. And hundreds more in books I purchased. Everything I see I want to try it. Right now, as you all know, I am investing lots of time working through the book 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser. I am going to crochet every square in her book. Then my plan is to make different things from these squares. Pillows, purses, scarves, slippers (yep, there’s a pattern using granny squares), table runners, afghans, etc.

I am 65 years young and hope to have many more years to enjoy this wonderful craft.

So… if you want to learn to crochet, go buy a skein of yarn and a crochet hook. Start today. Don’t delay another second. The joy of seeing the beautiful things you can handcraft will be worth it.

Trumpet, Butterfly and the Perfect Square

3 more crochet squares finished from the book, 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.


Square 5 – Trumpet

I have to confess. I didn’t even know what a trumpet was. Until making this square. It is supposed to stick up high, I guess, but I like it better pushed down.

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Didn’t care much for how the flower petals were made though. Looked a mess as I was making it. Kept getting confused into which stitch to stick the hook.

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And of course, I made changes. I added an extra round of double crochet stitches to the square. The flower takes up a lot of the square space so I wanted it bigger. It looks so much better.

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Also added a “center” to the trumpet. Was too plain. I love this square!! I will probably use pattern to make more squares but not the flower or trumpet.

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Square 6 – Butterfly

How cute is this!!

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Another square that I like.

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The only change I made was to the butterfly. I added a finishing row of single crochet stitches along the top. The butterfly is kind of huge. If I make it again, I’ll use a smaller hook size.

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Square 9 – My Favorite

So far, this square is now my New Favorite. It is petite, easy to make even with all the color changes. I LOVE IT!! And will definitely make something from it. With G hook, it makes up as 4″.

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More Squares Finished: Squares 61, 98, 101, 76 & 78

Wow!! Moving right along. And having some fun at the same time.

Nothing feels better than seeing how pretty something looks after struggling with it. A couple of these squares made me want to curse. I ripped out one square twice to start over. Not because I couldn’t figure it out. But because hubby wanted to chat. I used to be good at multi-tasking. I guess that skill left me when I retired from the 9-to-5 J O B.

Anyhoo, I was able to finish five more squares.


Square 61

Was supposed to be 4″. Even using Hook G (my favorite), I still ended up with 5 1/4″. But I liked it enough to make THREE of them. Once finished with all 101 squares, I may swing back to this one and make a scarf. Or an afghan.

  • used Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice acrylic yarn
  • colors: brick and brown (Espresso)
  • hook G
  • measures 5 1/4″ by 5″
  • cluster stitch

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I stayed true to the pattern except for one small change. In the middle, on all sides, I made a hdc instead of a sc. I wanted the sides to not pull in.

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Square 98

This square I started to hate about 15 minutes in. It started to ruffle and pull in. I was not happy but kept going. You can’t tell it from these photos but the square would not lie flat. I had to tug on it.

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You can see the curling in these next pictures. And my tension is normal. Not too tight and not too loose.

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I made a second square just to see if I could improve on it and try to get it to lie flat. And I did!! I added some extra stitches to the beginning round.

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Problem solved. I like this square and may make more.

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Square 101

This square starts off good. No problems. I liked it.

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Here’s where I stopped liking it. The open spaces around the edges are TOO open. It makes the square feel flimsy.

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It curled badly around the edges. I will block it and try to make it square. Won’t be making this one again, unless I stop at Round 4. Or finish the last rounds with all double crochet for a filled look. I do like the cluster stitches in the center.

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Square 76

This next square, I have plans for. I love the flower and will make more of them. The only change I made was when doing the corners in the last round, I made them with dc, tr, dc. Instead of all dc’s. I tried it with all double crochets but it had a rounded look. The triple in the middle made it more square.

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I only took a couple photos. The colors (gray/black/white) weren’t coming out that great.


Square 78

This next square is the one I had to do over several times. I can’t seem to count stitches and chat with hubby at the same time. When I got to almost the end, I was missing a few stitches. Ripped it out. And the same thing happened a second time. Took a rest break before continuing.

Only a couple photos for this square too. Black is hard to photograph.

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Oh, I forgot to tell you. This square is made all in the back loops. I like the design. Don’t know if I will make more though. Very time consuming to only go into one half of the stitch for the entire square.


So… that does it for now. Back to my book. BTW, if anyone wants to make these squares and follow along with me, the book is called 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Note: Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic yarn used. Hook G.

The Petals!! I Figured It Out!!

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Square 50.

After this square dried, it looked so pretty. The blocking helped a lot. It is now square.

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I decided to try again to understand the directions for adding the top layer of petals. It made sense this time.

I like the look of this square. Doubt I will make a second one though. I will probably make a pillow.

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Crochet Squares 46, 47 & 50

Laying off this project for 6 months paid off. I am better at reading crochet patterns. I knocked these three squares out in one day.

A couple firsts. Puff stitch and blocking.


Square 46

  • navy and mustard acrylic yarn
  • hook h
  • measures 7″ by 7″

No problems making this one after I realized the triple crochet stitches start half way up the points. It’s pretty and I will definitely make more. I am thinking table runner.

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Square 47

  • navy acrylic yarn
  • hook h
  • measures 8 1/2″ by 8 1/2″
  • cluster stitches

This square KICKED my bee-hind!! If I was making a bowl, I would have been happy with the results. I could not figure out where I was going wrong.  Ripped out the stitches twice. Almost gave up.

Started off OK.
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Here’s where I begin to go off pattern.
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And here is my mess. Nothing is where it is supposed to be.
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Time for a timeout to regroup. To reread the directions. To restudy the photo. If you make this square, pay close attention to Round 4. Where it tells you to “sk next 7 sts”, do exactly that even though it takes you into the next petal. OK, problem solved. All it took was for me to follow instructions to the letter and not always assume the pattern creator forgot their morning coffee. 😀

Back on track.
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This pattern has a few cluster stitches. I like making them. Here’s one on my hook.
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And done. Pretty isn’t it? I may make more. But think I will drop down to hook G. Make it smaller.
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Square 50

  • colors: dusty purple, purple & dusty rose
  • used Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic
  • hook h
  • measures 9″ by 9″
  • puff stitch

My learning curve went up a notch or two making this square. I finally figured out how to master the Puff Stitch. If you remember, 6 or 7 months ago, I spent an hour making ONE puff stitch until I gave up. Not this time. Not gonna let it beat me.

I used my plastic sewing needle to guide my hook through all those loops. Cool, huh!! Try it, if you are having a problem pulling the yarn through. Sure, it adds a few seconds but at least you don’t have to admit defeat.

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Here I am. With quite a few puffs done. And I figured out how to get the hoop through without using the plastic needle.
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Done, sprayed with water, tacked down and drying. My first crochet item to block. I am hoping the shape will be a perfect square when it dries.
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I have to admit… There is one part not done. The last part of the instructions. The Petals Round. Doing something with Round 2’s purple puff stitches. I have no clue what it is telling me to do. I am happy with it as is.

For the next squares, I am switching back to Hook G.


Patterns found in 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Project 101: Picking Up Where I Left Off

Can you believe it’s been 6 months? Time flies when having fun.

OK, time to get back to working on this project. Called Project 101 since there are 101 crochet squares in my book. The name of the book is 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Here’s Square 1. A giant pansy in the center of the square.

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I didn’t think I would like the pansy. It looked odd. But I just wanted to get a square done and crossed off my list. I love it!! It came out so pretty.

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Of course, I did a bit of changing. Altered the pattern. The center (gold color) was so deep you couldn’t see it. So I made a separate circle of single crochet, sewed it on top and added a picot stitch around it. I used light blue yarn for the flower, trimmed in navy. The square is white, trimmed in navy. Square measures 8 3/4″ by 8 3/4″.

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Yarn used:

  • White-Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic
  • Light blue-Red Heart, acrylic
  • Navy-Red Heart, acrylic
  • Mustard-Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic

Hook H

Now I have to decide which square to make next.

My 1st Crochet Pet Garment

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A dog sweater!! Oh my… And I don’t even have a dog. In fact, our household is petless. I made this for a friend’s goat. Don’t laugh. They need to stay warm too.

It’s for this one. The one without a sweater. Can’t let him be known by the other “kids” as the one with no fashion sense. 🙂

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Since I don’t have a doggy model, I bought this stuffed animal yesterday at Kroger. Droopy. Look at those eyes.

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He will be busy as I plan to crochet several more of these sweaters. Hopefully I can find some different patterns on the net. Slim pickings. I searched. I may have to design my own pattern.

This is the pattern I used.

http://www.canine-kids.com/crochet-dog-sweater.html

Sweater is created in 2 parts. A long piece that starts with the neck. Then a triangle under body piece to sew in. I used Red Heart acrylic yarn in a mix of black, gray and white. Hook H.

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Anyway… here are more pictures of Droopy in my very FIRST CROCHET PET SWEATER.

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If you know of any cool pet sweater patterns out there, let me know. Crocheted ones. I already looked at the ones at Crochet Central. Thanks much!!